Prepare Your Exterior For Painting
Quality Painting That Lasts
Quality Painting That Lasts
1. The very first step when preparing your building for paint is to pressure
wash all the surfaces that will be painted. If you dont have a pressure washer,
you can typically rent one from an equipment company for under a hundred
dollars a day. Follow all instructions for the pressure washer and by all means
dont get too close to you surface (you could cause damage).
2.This one tip will save you tons of time! When renting the pressure
washer, ask them for a Turbo Tip. A turbo tip spins the water at high
speed and hits all loose paint from several directions. After you're done,
you should have a surface that is clean and free from almost all chipping
paint. What paint is left on the surface must be firmly adhered to the wall.
Now you're ready to biggin scraping and sanding.
3. Here is where all the fun starts, scraping. Basically you want to walk up
to every section of your building where paint came off. Use a carbide
scraper or a putty knife (putty knife works best) and scrape around the
area to make sure there are no loose pieces of paint. You want all paint
thats left on the building to be firmly adhered!
4.The next important step is sanding. Typical areas that require sanding
are window and door trim and fascias. For light duty sanding, where the
surface is in relatively good condition, we like to use course sanding
sponges. Areas that have heavier damage you will want to use a power
sander like a palm sander or belt sander.
5.And here is the most important step, caulking. Its often a joke in the
trades that a good painter can make a sloppy trim man's work look great.
This is because of the caulking. You  want to apply your caulking to all the
cracks and holes on your surfaces. Then take a damp rag and smooth the
caulking flush. Keep this up for the entire building and be thorough!
6.The last step is to "spot prime" any bare wood areas on your building.
This helps reduce stains. Another thing spot priming helps with is "flashing."
This is where you can see where your bare wood areas where when youre
finished painting. So spot prime all your bare areas.
7. Now you're all ready for painting. Take a quick look at our "How To
Paint Your Exterior" page for advise on this process as well.
When working on a paint job, you would think that the actual painting would be the most important part of
your job, but actually its the preparation. The preparation of your surfaces is what is going to make your
paint job look like a million bucks. You'll need to clean, patch, and sand the surfaces before you can paint,
so a little patience is needed to make sure the job comes out looking good. Another important step in
preparing for painting is the caulking. Have you ever seen a house that is almost ready for painting, with
those white lines everywhere? That is the caulking work. The caulking, and the thoroughness of it, is what
is going to show that the job has been done correctly. If you skimp on the caulking work, your surface will
have gaps, holes and cracks. So the key to your successful preparation job is to take your time and be
thorough in all the following steps.
The Painting Process
TCP Painting
711 Medford Center #374
Medford, OR 97504